A Nurse, an Ambulance Driver, a Gymnast, and a Coach have formed a dead persons' substitute company called "Alps". They are a company for hire, playacting deceased persons in their daily routines, for the benefit of their grieving relatives, friends, and colleagues. The range and variety of their roles is quite wide, although they don't just take any offers. The substitutes have to identify with the substituted dead persons and be inspired by their past lives. The roles are researched, rehearsed, and performed in minute detail. The company operates illegally, under a scrupulous discipline regime demanded by their leader, the Ambulance Driver. He has reserved for him alone, as his code name, the name of Alps' great pinnacle, the Mont Blanc.
- Osella for Best Screenplay, Venice IFF
- Special Mention (for Ariane Labed) / Balkan Competition, Sofia IFF
- Official Competition Award, Sydney FF
- Aggeliki Papoula
- Aris Servetalis
- Johnny Verlis
- Ariane Labed
- Yorgos Lanthimos
- Efthimis Fillipou
- Christos Voudouris
- Yorgos Mavropsaridis
- HAOS FILM
- THE MATCH FACTORY
The human race, Alps argues, is predominantly made up of bad actors, searching desperately for a part to play, a space to fill, a hole to slot into.
To me, it looks fake if you try to be too involved in the way you film things and if you ask your actors to get really emotionally involved.(..) I prefer to keep the film open to allow people to get engaged in their own way.
Yorgos Lanthimos (1973, Greece) directed a series of videos for dance theatre companies throughout the 1990’s. Since 1995, he has directed a number of TV commercials, in addition to music videos, short films and stage plays. In 2011, he staged Chekhov’s ‘Platonov’ at the Greek National Theatre. His second feature film, KINETTA (2005), screened to critical acclaim at the 2005 Toronto IFF and the 2006 Berlinale. His third feature, DOGTOOTH (2009), won the Un Certain Regard award at the 2009 Festival de Cannes, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. The film was also nominated for the foreign-language film Oscar in 2011. ALPS (2011) premiered in competition at Venice FF, where it won the Osella Award for best screenplay. THE LOBSTER (2015) was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize. His 2017 film THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER was selected in competition at the 70th Festival de Cannes where it won the award for Best Screenplay.